The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 29
The meaning of the number 29 is, admittedly, not as clear as other numerics found in Scripture.
King Amaziah of Judah, considered one of the better rulers over God's people, was on the throne for 29 years (2Chronicles 25:1). He reigned from 796 to 767 B.C. His successor, his son King Azariah, had the second longest reign of any of Israel's kings at 52 years.
Judah's King Hezekiah, one of the best rulers over any of God's people, began his reign in 715 B.C. at the age of twenty-five. He rules over Judah for twenty-nine years (2Chronicles 29:1). Hezekiah is noteworthy for being the king who was saved by the miraculous defeat of the mighty Assyrian army. God, in order to save Jerusalem, has a death angel swiftly and silently kill 185,000 Assyrian troops as the sleep outside Jerusalem in preparation to attack the city (2Kings 18 - 19).
Appearances of the number twenty-nine
Of the top ten names recorded in Scripture is Jacob. His name appears in twenty-nine Biblical books.
Nahor, the grandfather of Abraham, had his firstborn son Terah (Abraham's father) at the age of twenty-nine (Genesis 11:24). After his first son was born he lived another 119 years to the ripe old age of 148 (verse 25).
The Apostle Paul references himself twenty-nine times in his fourteen epistles. The only book he wrote in which he does not reference himself is Hebrews.
Five out of the twelve months in the Biblical (Hebrew) calendar (Iyar, Tammuz, Elul, Tebeth and Adar) always have 29 days in them. Two others, Heshvan and Kislev, can possibly have this number of days depending on the year. This compares to our modern Gregorian calendar system where four months always have thirty days, another seven always have thirty-one, and only one can have 29 but only during a leap year.
The number 29 and Jesus' ministry
Jesus, in 29 A.D., was in the last Roman calendar year of his earthly ministry. Several major events take place in his ministry that will set the stage for his final months of earthly life before his sacrifice the following year.
Christ, early in 29, miraculously feeds 5,000 people near Bethsaida, a coastal town on the northern short of the Sea of Galilee (John 6). He then walks on water and transports a boat with his disciples in it, across the lake, the moment he steps foot in it!
Sometime later, He experiences the greatest mass exodus of his followers when he declares that only those who eat his flesh and drink his blood (an illusion to the Passover) will live forever (John 6:48 - 71).
During 29 he miraculously feeds, again near Galilee, 4,000 in number who have come to hear him preach (Matthew 15:32 - 38). He also begins to more clearly explain to his disciples that it is God's will he suffer, die, and be resurrected after three days (Mark 8:31, Luke 9:22).
The Lord, shortly before the fall Feast of Tabernacles, transfigures himself into his glorious pre-human form before the eyes of James, Peter and John (Mark 9, Luke 9). He then keeps the Feast in Jerusalem and astonishes all those who hear him (John 7). Scripture, near the end of 29, records the only time Christ was in Jerusalem during the celebration of Hanukkah. His teachings so infuriate the Jews that they take up stones to kill him for blasphemy (see John 10).
Additional info on the Biblical Meaning of 29
The 29th person in Jesus' earthly lineage is Salmon (Ruth 4:20 - 21, Matthew 1:4 - 5, Luke 3:32). Salmon is the father of Boaz, who married a woman name Ruth (Ruth 4:10). Boaz and Ruth were the great-grandparents of David who would become Israel's greatest king. Ruth is also unique in that she is one of the only two women to author a Biblical book (the other is Esther).
The Apostle Paul began his ministry immediately after his baptism in 33 A.D. Year 29 of his service toward God was one of the most pivotal times in the entirety of Scripture.
Paul, in 62 A.D., was smack in the middle of the shortest yet most prolific writing period of any Biblical author. The apostle, from 61 to 63, wrote the books of Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, 1Timothy and Titus. This amounts to almost half the number of fourteen books he pens that become an integral part of the New Testament.