The chronology in Matthew 4 states that after Jesus' temptation, he heard that John the Baptist had been taken into custody, so he returned to Galilee and began his preaching ministry and called his disciples (v.12).
Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. (Matthew 4:12 ESV)
John the disciple reports that the first disciples began following Jesus at the Jordan, after which they went to Galilee and then to Jerusalem. Jesus then went to the Judean countryside and was baptizing not far from where John the Baptist was still baptizing, and where he gave his final testimony declaring Jesus to be the Son of God who offers eternal life (Jn 3:22-24).
22 After this Jesus and his disciples went into the Judean countryside, and he remained there with them and was baptizing. 23 John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because water was plentiful there, and people were coming and being baptized 24 (for John had not yet been put in prison). (John 3:22-24 - ESV)
Has anyone come up with a compelling resolution to that apparent contradiction in the timeline of the Gospel narratives? Matthew (and Mark) put John's imprisonment right at the beginning of Jesus' ministry before he goes to Galilee and calls his disciples and John says that John the Baptist is still baptizing later in Jesus' ministry when his own disciples are also baptizing at the Jordan. (Moderator: Please note the two texts cited above.)