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A Feat In Engraving- World’s Smallest Bible Created By Israeli Scientists


World's smallest Holy Bible

A Nano version of the Holy Bible created by Israeli scientists.

The world’s smallest version of the Holy Bible has been conceived and created making it one of the few books to have a nano version. The idea was conceived by Uri Sivan and Ohad Zohar, was created by scientists from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. This version of the Holy Bible has text so small that it could fit on the tip of a pen. In order to read the text of this nano version of the Bible, the font would have to be magnified about 10,000 times to make it legible. Without any doubt this nano version of the Holy Bible is a feat in engraving.

Uri Sivan, one of the two persons who basically conceived the idea of the Nano Bible, claims he wanted to ignite people’s interest both in God’s Word and technology. “More than any other book, the Bible symbolises the transmission of human civilisation from one generation to another. We tried to connect to the device. We wanted to get people curious about the revolution that is taking place before their eyes,” he said.

For the purpose of creating this minuscule version of the Holy Bible, the scientists created a very thin layer of silicon, with a thickness of less than 100 atoms, to which they placed a golden plating. Using a focused ion beam, a machine usually used in the semiconductor industry to etch surfaces, the scientists carefully engraved 1.2 million characters, one at a time, blasting away the gold plating to reveal the silicon beneath.

Nano Bible is now put on show at the Israel Museum. In this regard, President of the museum James Snyder said the Nano Bible is a good way of turning something as ancient as the Bible to something modern.”Our objects begin a million-and-a-half years ago. They come to the present. They cross that timeline and they go around the globe, and in a way, they represent the entire narrative of material cultural history from a place as important to that history as Jerusalem is,” he said.