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Give the gift of faith with the Nano Bible, a Bible so small it can be worn as jewelry.

TowerJazz Semiconductor, an Israeli company, has developed the nanotechnology to copy the Bible in its entirety into tiny chips. The chips are subsequently mounted to an assortment of jewelry and precious metals like pendants, lockets, watches, and bracelets.

TowerJazz has given its product a suitable marketing tagline: “Give the gift of faith- the smallest Bible ever printed on one surface.” Even though it is small, this Jerusalem Nano Bible has every letter and punctuation mark present in New Testament or Old Hebrew Bible. The content is printed on a silicon chip measuring only 5mm x 5mm.

The company aims to make this wearable Bible both accessible and affordable. It also wants to make its product a practical one. The Jerusalem Nano Bible was the brainchild of the Israeli entrepreneur, Ami Bentov, who partnered with TowerJazz to create the final product.

The Old Testament contains all the 24 books of Hebrew Bible. It is written in original Hebrew script. The New Testament is covered fully, and written in Greek. For anglophones, an English language version will come soon.

The manufacturers have selected silicon wafer as the substrate for Jerusalem Nano Bible. It is an ultra-thin piece of semiconductor material. The company first transfers the Bible text file into a photograph or actual image. It is projected onto the wafer surface. This surface is protected by a silicon layer. Each letter of the Bible has a width of 600 nanometers. The width is approximately 100,000 nanometers. This small size means that this Bible can be read only with the help of an electron microscope. The microscope employs an electron beam to magnify the objects a thousandfold.

Bentov got the idea during one of his stints as combat video journalist when he was sent to cover terror attacks and wars. His intention was to make a positive change in the world. He wanted to bequeath some good thing not only for his kids, but also for the coming generations. Bentov's idea germinated when he observed the use of nanotechnology in media production. He realized that he could use the same technology which is used in the manufacture of computers and cellphones into something that will enable people to come together. They will not only come closer to each other, but also to their faith.

The price of the unadorned Nano Bible comes to $25 and lapel pins are sold at $40. Stars of David and crosses with the embedded Nano Bible costs anywhere between $90 and $150.

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