The smallest Bible in the world


A new exhibit, “And Then There was Nano: The Smallest Bible in the World,”offers an opportunity for visitors to examine the technological evolution of the Tanach from antiquity to the postmodern era. The exhibit opened today at The Israel Museum in Jerusalem and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Nano Bible is a gold-plated silicon chip the size of a grain of sugar on which the entire Tanach – all 1,200,000 letters – is engraved. In this exhibit, it serves as a contemporary complement to The Dead Sea Scrolls, which are the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world.

This “Nano Bible” was created by scientists at the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.

Here’s an explanation of how this type of technology could be beneficial to the world, from a press release from the American Technion Society:

“Employing a modern incarnation of an ancient writing technique, this technological marvel demonstrates the wonders of present day miniaturization and provides the spectator with a tangible measure of the achievable dimensions. Dense information storage is not unique to human culture: The blueprints of all organisms are stored by nature at even higher densities in long DNA molecules and transmitted in this form over generations.

The term “nano” derives from the Greek word nanos, meaning “dwarf.” The unit nanometer measures one billionth of a meter, a ratio similar to the size of an olive compared to the entire planet Earth. Nanotechnology makes it possible to construct new materials stronger and lighter than steel, to desalinate water more efficiently, to deliver medications to designated parts of the body without harming surrounding tissues, and to detect cancerous cells in early stages. At the dawn of the nano age, scientists and engineers are discovering ways to harness such exquisite control over the elementary building blocks of nature for the benefit of mankind and our planet.”

Visit here to learn how the Nano Bible was made.

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