Elias Brasil de Souza serves as director of the Biblical Research Institute at the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists world headquarters. Previously he served as church pastor in the Southern Brazil Union and professor of biblical studies, and dean of the Theological Seminary at Northeast Brazil College in Bahia. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theology from the Latin American Adventist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Old Testament Theology from Andrews University. His main areas of interest are the sanctuary, hermeneutics, and the Hebrew language. He has authored, co-authored, and published several academic publications in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He is married to Magela Meire and they have two sons (Guilherme and Gustavo).