Scientists Introduce Worlds' Smallest Bible

Carrie Dedrick | Editor, | Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Scientists Introduce Worlds' Smallest Bible

Scientists in Israel have created the world’s smallest Bible, a text so small that it could fit on the tip of a pen. 


CNN reports the Nano Bible includes 1.2 million letters of the Old Testament etched onto a miniscule disc. To read the scripture, it would have to be magnified about 10,000 times. 


To create the Bible, scientists from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology used silicon that was 100 atoms thick and plate it with gold. The characters were engraved with a focused ion beam. 


The Nano Bible is now being displayed at the Israel Museum’s 50th anniversary exhibit. 


Museum president James Snyder said, "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."



Publication date: July 8, 2015