Photo: Avi Ohayon, GPO
Shrine of the Book wing of the Israel Museum
Photo: Avi Ohayon, GPO

World's smallest Bible goes on display in Jerusalem

Nano Bible shown in Israel Museum exhibit is a tiny microchip on which all 1.2 million words of the Hebrew Bible are carved; text must be magnified 10,000 times to be read.

You're going to need a very advanced microscope to read this Bible, because it's as small as a grain of sugar. The world's smallest Hebrew Bible is now on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.



A new exhibit, which is part of a program celebrating the museum's 50th anniversary, displays the Bible etched onto a miniscule microchip.


The Nano Bible is as small as a sugar grain (Photo: Israel Museum)
The Nano Bible is as small as a sugar grain (Photo: Israel Museum)


The so-called Nano Bible is a silicon chip the size of a grain of sugar on which the entire Bible, which consists of 1.2 million letters, was carved with a focused ion beam.


A microscope that can magnify by a factor of at least 10,000 is required to read the actual text.


The Nano Bible was created by Prof. Uri Sivan and Dr. Ohad Zohar of the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.


In 2009, a Nano Bible was presented to Pope Benedict XVI by former president Shimon Peres.


The Israel Museum's exhibit, titled "And Then There Was Nano", will be on display until December 31, 2016.


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