Terry, you say:
Bibliolaters preach that the Bible is an inerrant work of unity and harmony so perfect that it can be explained only by the doctrine of verbal inspiration.
Who are these bibliolaters specifically? That isn't what I was taught. Inspired by God, written by MAN = lots of room for discrepancies. My understanding is that the message is what is inerrant.
But we hoped that it was he who should redeem Israel. Yea and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things came to pass ( Luke 24:21 ).
To me this scripture is stating that they are talking and he says something like "so yeah: all this happened 3 days ago" NOT that I knew these things would happen in 3 days.
You do mention that Jesus tells them what is going to happen repeatedly. However he told many parables and stories. And He did incredible things. But the people living with him continued to doubt (and not just that He would rise in 3 days).
Peter walks on water. He literally did it. (Matthew 14:25-33) Even though he did it, he KNEW he could do it, he then started to sink.
Another story with Peter: Jesus tells him he will deny him 3 times before the cock crows twice. You think Peter would double think denying him and be on the watch-out for what he says and listing for a crow. (Mark 14:66-72)
Doubting Thomas, Didymus, had all the apostles, whom he knew well and trusted, TELL him that they witnessed the risen Jesus. With all the heads ups that Jesus gave him before the crucifixion and now his best buds who he had traveled with all this time following Jesus tell him what they saw and he STILL doesn't believe it, he says, until he sees Jesus for himself. (He wanted evidence, a little like some of my favorite atheists ) (John 20:24-29)
My point with all these examples, Terry, is that you are not teaching the Bible reader anything new. Reading the Gospels you can see that yes, the apostles knew better, but then when it came down to it they really didn't know. I see it as this:
A few times I have shown a few friends/loved ones who are older how to do things such as their own blog, help with a website, etc. And I'm talking simple stuff. Like cutting and pasting a link and forwarding it in an e-mail... This is a painful process, that on my part takes a great deal of patience. I can show them something that I deem incredibly simple maybe 20 times or more. I know they aren't stupid, I've seen them problem solve other things and achieve great things that I don't comprehend and I don't know how to even begin. However the things that I help my loved ones to do I remember learning after someone told me how maybe once or twice... or I am mostly self taught (gotta love Google) - I show them how they can look up most their basic computer questions on google too. They need a teacher. And STILL: They just don't get it!!! Just thinking about it brings the frustration back. It takes an hour or more to show them (what if I just did it myself would be done in 1 minute). Finally, FINALLY: they get it. I make them do it about three times without my help to make sure they can do it on their own. They can do it. And they can do it. Success! Then the next day, or a week later I get an e-mail or phone call "can you help me with this again? how do you do it?" WTF!!! This is when I feel I need to learn to be a good Christian so I take a deep breath and say "Yes, of course I'll help, any time!" or sometimes I just avoid them. (actually, thinking of this I feel for my mother, I know it had to be a pain in the ass to teach me how to drive stick - boy was that a nightmare).
What I'm getting at: hearing things a bunch of times: we still forget. I have a friend who lives in this neighborhood of cul-de-sac mazes. She has lived in the same house for a few years, I visit a couple times a month every month. I STILL break out my GPS. (what can I say: I'm your typical woman driver). Maybe ONE DAY I will know where she lives without the help of a device.
THEN: just because we KNOW something doesn't mean that we UNDERSTAND IT...
AND FURTHER: because we UNDERSTAND something doesn't mean that we BELIEVE it.
AND EVEN FURTHER: because we BELIEVE doesn't mean we DO NOT CONTINUE TO DOUBT
LASTLY: even when we BELIEVE all the time it isn't always easy to PUT INTO PRACTICE or have a momentary relapse.
SO: to answer your question: The Apostles Knew (Didn't Know): Yes. It is both.