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Apolinário, Pedro (1919–2006)

By The Brazilian White Center – UNASP

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The Brazilian White Center – UNASP is a team of teachers and students at the Brazilian Ellen G. White Research Center – UNASP at the Brazilian Adventist University, Campus Engenheiro, Coelho, SP. The team was supervised by Drs. Adolfo Semo Suárez, Renato Stencel, and Carlos Flávio Teixeira. Bruno Sales Gomes Ferreira provided technical support. The following names are of team members: Adriane Ferrari Silva, Álan Gracioto Alexandre, Allen Jair Urcia Santa Cruz, Camila Chede Amaral Lucena, Camilla Rodrigues Seixas, Daniel Fernandes Teodoro, Danillo Alfredo Rios Junior, Danilo Fauster de Souza, Débora Arana Mayer, Elvis Eli Martins Filho, Felipe Cardoso do Nascimento, Fernanda Nascimento Oliveira, Gabriel Pilon Galvani, Giovana de Castro Vaz, Guilherme Cardoso Ricardo Martins, Gustavo Costa Vieira Novaes, Ingrid Sthéfane Santos Andrade, Isabela Pimenta Gravina, Ivo Ribeiro de Carvalho, Jhoseyr Davison Voos dos Santos, João Lucas Moraes Pereira, Kalline Meira Rocha Santos, Larissa Menegazzo Nunes, Letícia Miola Figueiredo, Luan Alves Cota Mól, Lucas Almeida dos Santos, Lucas Arteaga Aquino, Lucas Dias de Melo, Matheus Brabo Peres, Mayla Magaieski Graepp, Milena Guimarães Silva, Natália Padilha Corrêa, Rafaela Lima Gouvêa, Rogel Maio Nogueira Tavares Filho, Ryan Matheus do Ouro Medeiros, Samara Souza Santos, Sergio Henrique Micael Santos, Suelen Alves de Almeida, Talita Paim Veloso de Castro, Thais Cristina Benedetti, Thaís Caroline de Almeida Lima, Vanessa Stehling Belgd, Victor Alves Pereira, Vinicios Fernandes Alencar, Vinícius Pereira Nascimento, Vitória Regina Boita da Silva, William Edward Timm, Julio Cesar Ribeiro, Ellen Deó Bortolotte, Maria Júlia dos Santos Galvani, Giovana Souto Pereira, Victor Hugo Vaz Storch, and Dinely Luana Pereira.

 

 

Pedro Apolinário, teacher and volunteer pastor, was born April 7, 1919, in Tremembé, São Paulo.1 He was the third child of Manoel Apolinário (1889-1974) and Teresa Ferreira Apolinário (1889-1975),2 Portuguese immigrants.3 He had seven siblings: Diná (1916-1971), Isaías (1917-2000), Ester (1920-2006), Amadeu (1922-2008), Rute (1923-2014), João (1925-2008), and Rubens.4 Pedro was born into a Christian family; his parents had been baptized on January 27, 1917, at the Brazilian Publishing House, in Santo Andre, São Paulo.5

He finished elementary school in 1932 at the age of 13. He graduated from an Adult Education Program6 in 1938. He concluded the elementary school in 1942 at Brazil College (now referred to as UNASP-SP).7 In 1945 he graduated from high school, the first two years he attended at the Brazil College and the last one he went to the school in Taubate, São Paulo.8 In 1946 he was invited to teach Portuguese at Brazil College.9 The following year he taught Greek and Hebrew at the Adventist Theological Seminary in São Paulo. In 1949 he graduated with a degree in Classical Literature from the University of São Paulo (USP).10

Apolinário was ordained in 1960. While teaching he engaged in pastoral activities at the college church and at the Vila das Belezas church, remaining in these two churches until 1962.11 He participated in an Academic Extension Program at Andrews University from January to February 1961. In 1971 he concluded his Master of Arts degree at Andrews University.12 In 1973, he did a minor in linguistics, at Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciência e Letras (USP), in São Paulo.13

In 1989, at the age of 70, he was invited to teach the following subjects at the Northeast Brazil College: Portuguese, Greek, Difficult Texts, and History of Biblical Text.14 He returned to teach at IAE from 1990 to 1994.15 From 1994 to 1998 he was a professor of the following subjects: Portuguese, Latin, and Greek at Brazil College central campus.16 Despite his official retirement in 1987,17 he continued to work until June 2000.18

He published many articles and books, among them are: Melhore Sua Linguagem, Conheça Melhor Sua Literatura, Apostila para o Estudo de Grego, História dos Textos Bíblicos, As Testemunhas de Jeová e sua Interpretação da Bíblia, Seleção de temas de Meu Arquivo, A Exegese e Seu Valor na Interpretação Bíblica, Pesquisas Serôdias,19 Análise: textos bíblicos de difícil interpretação,20 As Testemunhas de Jeová e a Exegese,21 Estudo de Passagens com Problemas de Interpretação,22 Explicação de Texto Difíceis da Bíblia,23 Leia e Compreenda Melhor a Bíblia: estudo de algumas passagens difíceis,24 Sermões Exaltando a Verdade,25 and Viagem ao Mundo Maravilhoso das Palavras.26

Among his administrative activities, he was the director of Social Activities and of Civic Activities at Brazil College in São Paulo. He was also an editorial adviser to the O Colegial magazine at Brazil Adventist University Academy of São Paulo.

Apolinário married Wanda Mascarenhas when he was 31 years old. Wanda was Pedro’s student in the theology program in 1947. After three years of friendship, they married on January 31, 1950. Pastor José Francisco Siqueira officiated at the wedding. From this union were born Djanira, Kenia, and Márcio.27 Pedro Apolinário died in 2006 at the age of 86 in the city of Engenheiro Coelho, SP.28

Pedro Apolinário served the Adventist Church as an educator. Even being the “Man of the later opportunities,”29 as he called himself, his contributions were of great value to the lives of many people.

Sources

Apolinário, Pedro, Análise: textos bíblicos de difícil interpretação. 2nd edition. São Paulo, SP: Instituto Adventista de Ensino, 1981.

Apolinário, Pedro, As Testemunhas de Jeová e a Exegese. São Paulo, SP: Instituto Adventista de Ensino, 1977.

Apolinário, Pedro, Estudo das passagens com problemas de interpretação. 1st edition. São Paulo, SP: Instituto Adventista de Ensino, 1986.

Apolinário, Pedro, Explicação de textos difíceis da Bíblia. 4th edition. São Paulo, SP: SALT - Seminário Latino-americano de Teologia, 1990.

Apolinário, Pedro, Leia e compreenda melhor a Bíblia: estudo de algumas passagens difíceis. 2nd edition. São Paulo, SP: Instituto Adventista de Ensino, 1985.

Apolinário, Pedro, Sermões exaltando a verdade. 1st edition. Tatuí, SP: Casa Publicadora Brasileira, 2001.

Apolinário, Pedro, Viagem ao mundo das palavras. 1st edition. Engenheiro Coelho, SP: Centro Adventista de Artes Gráficas - UCB, 2005.

Biografia do Professor Pedro Apolinário. In: Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC, Engenheiro Coelho, SP. Shelf 2. Rack 13. Folder “Apolinário, Pedro.”

Burlandy, Jorge Lucien para Azevedo, Roberto C. August 3, 2000. (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC).

Curriculum Vitae. In: Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC, Engenheiro Coelho, SP. Shelf 2. Rack 13. Folder “Apolinário, Pedro.”

De Souza, Rejane Célia. “Uma Biografia sobre o professor Pedro Apolinário.” Monograph, UNASP-EC, 1997.

Ferreira, Nilson Silva. “Vida e obras do professor Pedro Apolinário.” Monograph, UNASP-EC, 1987.

“Formação tardia, porém frutífera.” Revista Escola Adventista, 1st semester, 2005.

Informações Autobiográficas. In: Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC, Engenheiro Coelho, SP. Shelf 2. Rack 13. Folder “Apolinário, Pedro.”

Oliveira, Dulcineia de Souza. “Vida e ministério do professor Pedro Apolinário.” Monograph, UNASP-EC, 1996.

“Pedro Apolinário.” Revista Adventista, year 101, no. 02, February 2006. Accessed

December 5, 2017. http://acervo.revistaadventista.com.br/capas.cpb.

Notes

  1. Dulcinéia de Souza Oliveira, “Vida e ministério do professor Pedro Apolinário” (Monograph, UNASP-EC, 1996), 2.

  2. Rejane Célia Souza, “Uma Biografia Sobre o Professor Pedro Apolinário” (Monografia. Seminário UNASP-EC, 1997) 3-4; Nilson Silva Ferreira, “Vida e Obras do professor Pedro Apolinário” (monografia, UNASP-EC, 1987), 5-6.

  3. Souza, 3.

  4. Ferreira, 3; Décio Apolinário, interviewed by Ivo Ribeiro, Ellen G. White Research Center, Engenheiro Coelho, Sao Paulo, accessed November 28, 2017.

  5. Ferreira, 6.

  6. Souza, 5-6; Oliveira, 2.

  7. Oliveira, 3.

  8. Souza, 7.

  9. Ibid.

  10. Curriculum Vitae (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC, also known as New Brazil College, Engenheiro Coelho, SP), 1; Biografia do Professor Pedro Apolinário (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC, also known as New Brazil College, Engenheiro Coelho, SP).

  11. Biografia do Professor Pedro Apolinário (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC); “Formação tardia, porém frutífera,” Revista Escola Adventista,1st semester, 2005, 24.

  12. Biografia do Professor Pedro Apolinário (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC).

  13. Curriculum Vitae (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC), 1.

  14. Biografia do Professor Pedro Apolinário (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center).

  15. Informações Autobiográficas (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC), 1; Biografia do Professor Pedro Apolinário (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC).

  16. Biografia do Professor Pedro Apolinário (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC).

  17. “Pedro Apolinário,” Revista Adventista, year 101, no. 2, February 2006, 37.

  18. Jorge Lucien Burlandy to Roberto C. Azevedo, August 3, 2000, (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC).

  19. Curriculum Vitae (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White Research Center: UNASP-EC), 1.

  20. Pedro Apolinário, Análise: textos bíblicos de difícil interpretação (Sao Paulo, SP: Instituto Adventista de Ensino, 1981).

  21. Pedro Apolinário, As Testemunhas de Jeová e a Exegese (São Paulo, SP: Instituto Adventista de Ensino, 1977).

  22. Pedro Apolinário, Estudo de passagens com problemas de interpretação (São Paulo, SP: Instituto Adventista de Ensino, 1986).

  23. Pedro Apolinário, Explicação de Textos Difíceis da Bíblia (São Paulo, SP: SALT - Seminário Latino-americano de Teologia, 1990).

  24. Pedro Apolinário, Leia e Compreenda Melhor a Bíblia: estudo de algumas passagens difíceis (São Paulo, SP: Instituto Adventista de Ensino, 1985).

  25. Pedro Apolinário, Sermões Exaltando a Verdade (Tatuí, SP: Casa Publicadora Brasileira, 2001).

  26. Pedro Apolinário, Viagem ao Mundo Maravilhoso das Palavras (Engenheiro Coelho: SP: Centro Adventista

    de Artes Gráficas - UCB, 2005).

  27. Ferreira, 17; Informações autobiográficas (Collection of the National Center of Adventist History/Ellen G. White

    Research Center: UNASP-EC).

  28. “Pedro Apolinário, ” Revista Adventista, year 101, no. 2, February 2006, 37.

  29. Ferreira, 10.

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