It Doesn’t Get Much Better than This

It doesn’t get much better than this…

…except that my alma mater’s own Warren Cook did it better in 1998 (?) on one of the only two cassette tapes I still treasure. I don’t know how he did it—some passages aren’t even as clear as those of the great choir (Canada’s wonderful Nathaniel Dett Chorale) on this video, but overall Dr. Cook built an energy that culminated in the most beautiful ululating you ever heard. I wish I could share it with you. It is to die for. Die for.

Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.


  1. Andrea on August 22, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Like, like, like!!!

    This arrangement transforms the story of Jericho from a sing-songy children’s tale to the truly terrifying event it must have been. I greatly enjoyed conducting this myself a few years ago.

    I’d love to hear the version you speak of. Isn’t it time to upgrade that cassette and get it onto some kind of digital media???

    And Moses Hogan…I believe in God’s sovereignty, but it is hard not to be sad about the loss of such a talent in the world of choral music. He was gifted.

  2. Dustin on August 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    This the best I’ve ever heard.

    And they’re coming to BJU in the spring!

  3. loraena on August 26, 2011 at 2:30 am

    H! Pardon the correction, but it was Ruth Z. on the high C back in ’98. =) One of the most fun and challenging songs we ever did.

    • Mark L Ward Jr on August 26, 2011 at 8:26 am

      No—thank you for the correction! I could’ve gone on being wrong for more decades! I’ll fix it…

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