A nano sized New Testament developed by an Israeli company has been nominated for the Guinness Book of Records as the World’s Smallest Bible, the company said on Tuesday (December 9).

Jerusalem nano Bible company said it developed a chip smaller than five by five millimeters, which contains the original Greek version of the New Testament (Textus Receptus, or “received text” in Latin).

The tiny square chip, with each side measuring 4.76 millimeters, can be embedded inside watches and pendants with “infinite possibilities” in the jewellery industry, the company said.

“Our aim is to be able to mass produce it and cater to really every pocket. Because this application, the smallest Bible in the world, Jerusalem Nano Bible, can be applied to infinite possibilities in the jewellery industry,” said David Almog, who is in charge on the company’s marketing and sales department.

The company’s future plans include the production of a nano sized Old Testament as well, he added.

The process of manufacturing included the slicing of the chips from a silicon wafer, each of them containing the text of the New Testament.

“We have used 0.18 micron technology so the width of each of these letters is 0.18 micron to create the smallest printed Bible in the world. In every one of these squares, which is about 1,000 of these squares on an eight inch silicone wafer, there is a little bit more than one thousand Bibles. What that means is that we have produced the smallest recorded printed New Testament ever in the world. And that is extremely significant,” said Russell Ellwanger whose company TowerJazz Semiconductor, provided the technical know-how for the production and manufacturing of the Nano Bible.

The product was validated by an academic scholar who determined that the Greek text on the chip presented to him via a microscope was indeed that of the 27 books of the New Testament.

Tourists visiting Jerusalem’s holy sites welcomed the Nano Bible concept.

“The nano Bible concept is a fantastic concept. And I think each and every, not only Christian, but those who are in art, maybe Hindu, maybe Christian, maybe Muslim, maybe Jew, he must have his either Bible, or Koran, or Gita with him that will give him inspiration throughout the life,” said Satish Desai from India.

“I think it would be good. People like something different, souvenirs and this type of thing and for people to be able to buy something like that, I think it would be a great idea,” said a tourist from the United States.

Jerusalem Nano Bible nomination for the Guinness Book of Records was submitted last month, the company said, adding that it was currently being reviewed.

The company said that the smallest known copy of the Bible, which came into the possession of an Indian scholar, measures 2.8×3.4×1.0 cm (1.1 x 1.3 x 0.39 in).

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