Hunter was converted at age 16, in a Christian Endeavour meeting at the Donegall Road Methodist Church, Belfast, March 24, 1953. Most of his Christian life has been spent in Pentecostal circles, but since moving to Downpatrick five years ago he has worshipped at a small Baptist church, where he ministers regularly.
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The last verse and chorus were composed on Good Friday, 9 April 2004, and first sung in this form in Downpatrick Baptist Church, N. Ireland, on Easter Sunday, 11 April 2004. The music is so majestic and triumphant that to leave it as a single verse didn't satisfy the heart, so the first three verses have been added today, 17 February 2005. Franklin Hunter
JUDAS MACCABEUS is an arrangement of a tune from the chorus "See, the Conquering Hero Comes" in Handel's oratorio Judas Maccabeus (first performed without this chorus in 1746). Handel initially used the tune in his oratorio Joshua (1747) but transferred it to Judas Maccabeus in 1751; such changes we…