Jesus taught his apostles about the
kingdom of heaven,
and in return he learned much from them about the kingdom of men.
These twelve men represented many different types of human temperament. In a religious sense, they were laymen, unlearned in the lore of the rabbis and untrained in the methods of rabbinical interpretation of the
They would have been considered common men in their day, but all save one, were rugged and courageous individuals, who's love and loyalty to Jesus made them uncommon heroes.