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