Bylaws

1. The Enoch Seminar is an academic group of international specialists in Second Temple Judaism (Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Origins), who share the results of their research in the field and meet to discuss topics of common interest. The Enoch Seminar was founded in 2001 at the initiative of Gabriele Boccaccini, University of Michigan.

2. Members of the Enoch Seminar are University Professors and specialists in Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins who have attended at least two meetings of the Enoch Seminar and have paid the annual membership fee.

3. University Professors and specialists in Second Temple Judaism who have attended at least 5 meetings of the Enoch Seminar are Veterans and Honorary Members for life.

4. Friends of the Enoch Seminar are University Professors, graduate students and specialists in Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins who have subscribed to the Enoch Seminar website even without attending any meeting of the Enoch Seminar.

5. The Founding Director is responsible for conducting all activities of the Enoch Seminar, with the assistance of two Vice-Directors, the Board of Directors, and the Advisory Board.

6. The Vice-Directors are two Veterans of the Enoch Seminar appointed every five years (2010, 2015, 2020, etc.) by the Founding Director to assist the Founding Director in the governing of the Enoch Seminar. The appointment is renewable. The Founding Director and the Vice-Directors select the members of the Board of Directors and the Advisory Board, with unanimous vote.

7. The Board of Directors is made of the Founding Director, the two Vice-Directors, and 3 to 5 Members of the Enoch Seminar (plus a Secretary), appointed every five years (2010, 2015, 2020, etc.) by the Founding Director and the Vice Directors as the Executive Committee for all activities of the Enoch Seminar. The appointments are renewable.

8. The Advisory Board is made of active members who have joined at least three meetings organized by the Enoch Seminar and have distinguished themselves for their service within the organization. They are appointed by the Board of Directors every five years (2010, 2015, 2020, etc.). The appointments are renewable. The Advisory Board serves as a consultant body for all activities of the Enoch Seminar.

9. The governance of the Enoch Seminar also includes two Editorial Boards (one in charge of “Enoch Seminar Online”, and the other in charge of “4 Enoch”), whose members are appointed (or confirmed) by the Board of Directors every five years. Two Honorary Boards honor former Members of the Enoch Seminar (“Emeriti,” and “Memorial List”).

10. When the Founding Director steps down, he becomes Honorary Director and member of the Board of Directors for life. The function of Director are taken by a Board of 5 Directors, made of Jason Zurawski (as responsible for the organization of all international meetings), Isaac Oliver and Jason von Ehrenkrook (both responsible for the Enoch Seminar website), and Deborah Forger and Rodney Caruthers (both responsible for 4 Enoch).  The new 5 Directors appoints (or confirms) two members of the Board of Directors as the new Vice-Directors.

11. Any meetings of the Enoch Seminars must follow the distinctive format: a seminar in which participants address common questions, papers circulate in advance and all time is devoted to discussion. The meetings must have a clearly defined topic and must be based on textual analysis, through a rigorous scholarly approach. The invited participants must form a balanced body of veterans and newcomers, senior and younger scholar, male and female specialists, professors from the United States, Europe, Israel and other parts of the world (the presence on minorities is specially encouraged).

12. In the biennial assembly at the meetings of the Enoch Seminar, Members and Veterans propose the topics of the next meeting(s). They may give suggestions and approve non-binding resolutions about any aspects of the activities of the Enoch Seminar. Friends of the Enoch Seminar may participate to the discussion but have no right to vote.

13. The present by-Laws may be modified only by a majority of two thirds of the members of the Advisory Board. The Founding Director has veto power on any proposed modification.