World’s Smallest Bible Goes on Display at Israel Museum (Video and Pictures)

As part of its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration, the Jerusalem-based Israel Museum will display the “Nano Bible,” the world’s smallest bible, an Israeli innovation created at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

The Jerusalem Nano Bible is the world’s smallest Bible (shown). Here it is shown on display at TowerJazz Semiconductor Ltd in Migdal Haemek in northern Israel. The nano-sized New Testament has been nominated for the Guinness World Records as the World’s Smallest Bible.

The tiny bible will be displayed alongside the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Aleppo Codex, a manuscript of the Jewish bible from 10th century C.E. The Nano Bible is a gold-coated silicon chip smaller than a pinhead. It is 0.04 square millimeters, and 0.00002 millimeters (20 nanometers) deep. The 1.2 million letters of the bible were written using a focused ion beam generator that shot gallium ions onto a gold surface covering a base layer of silicon.


On the chips, each letter (shown) has a width of about 0.18 microns (18 millionths of a metre), so an eight-inch (20.3cm) wafer can apparently contain more than 1,000 Bibles.

Prof. Uri Sivan and Dr. Ohad Zohar of the Technion’s Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute developed the idea, and the engineers of the Technion’s Sara and Moshe Zisapel Nanoelectronics Center were responsible for the manufacturing of the chip and the development of the software that allows the engraving of the letters.

ach chip is made from a silicon wafer, with their sides measuring a miniscule 4.76mm. An academic scholar validated, with the use of a microscope, that the text (shown) was indeed that of the New Testament.

The Israel Museum will also exhibit a documentary on the creation of the Nano Bible and will enable the reading of the biblical text under a microscope.

‘Our aim is to be able to mass produce it and cater to really every pocket,’ said David Almog, head of the company’s marketing and sales department.

The bible is embedded in a necklace as pictured.

‘Because this application, the smallest Bible in the world, Jerusalem Nano Bible, can be applied to infinite possibilities in the jewellery industry.’

The Nano Bible can be worn around the neck or even embedded inside a watch.

In the future the company is also planning to produce a nano-sized Old Testament.

The Jerusalem Nano Bible company is now awaiting validation from Guinness World Records of their claim for the world’s smallest bible.

Source: JPOST and Daily Mail

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