They (the disciples) proved slow learners, the Gospels tell us (Mk. 8:17-21/9:10,32/ John 12:16). Even by the time of Jesus' death they did not really understand what was going on, and the resurrection took them completely by surprise. Then at last the truth began to dawn on them, and Jesus' patient teaching, remembered but not yet understood, began to come to life as well. They had learnt their lessons well, and before long the loyal activists in a dimly understood cause became the theological brains behind the world's most successful ideological movement."
- R. T. France
France, R. T. I Came to Set the Earth on Fire. 1st ed. London: Inter-Varsity Press. 1975.