PhD Candidate, Andrews University
Talmadge grew up in sunny, Jacksonville, FL. After discovering a passion for History and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, he decided to pursue a professional and academic career in the subject, particularly archaeology and history as it pertains to the Bible. He received his BA in Biblical Languages at Harding University in Searcy, AR. After graduating, he went on to achieve his MA in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Archaeology at Trinity International University with an emphasis in Egyptology and Ugaritic studies. Wanting to further his career in Archaeology he is currently pursuing his PhD in Archaeology at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, MI. He is also the Assistant to the Curator at the Siegfried H. Horn Archaeological Museum at Andrews University. His interests include Egyptology and the Exodus, Iron Age I and II Archaeology of Israel/Palestine and Jordan, Biblical Studies, Hebrew, Greek, Biblical Historicity, and Ceramic Typology. He has been apart of three excavations in Israel and Jordan at Khirbet Qeiyafa (2014), Abel Beth Ma'acah (2016), and is a supervisor at Khirbet Safra (2018 & 2019). He has been married to his wife, Martha, for four years and has a doberman named Belvedere. He often enjoys watching Braves baseball and Jaguars football as well as spending indoor and outdoor time with his family.