Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Bible on a necklace?

I've heard of wearing your heart on your sleeve, but would you wear your Bible on your necklace?
This miniature Hebrew Bible has a metal case with a built-in magnifying glass.
It was made in Warsaw in 1896.
The sign in the Bible exhibit display case at our National Library suggests that perhaps the little case was meant to be worn on "a chain of the neck."


spacedlaw said...

It's lovely! You have to adore the craft.

Spiderdama said...

Nice! We bought a very small bible to a key ring in Jerusalem, the font is so small that it is impossible to read, but it's something with the power of words anyway:-)

Patsy said...

I have been doing Law and Promise on my blog about Israel's army and the soldier in the Bible. Do they keep any of the old law's now? If you go to my blog you will see what I mean.

Suzanne said...

As a kid I used to have a necklace of praying hands and inside the praying hands you could look into a tiny magnifying glass and see the Lord's Prayer. But a whole Torah - that's impressive.

Kay said...

Now that is what you call a devout person who also enjoyed their jewelry. It's incredible to think how they printed or wrote it so small.

Eki said...

And was it believed and treated (used) as an amulet?

Dina said...

Friends, thanks for all your interesting observations.

Patsy, I don't think those laws you quote are applicable today.
All I can think of is the rule that if a boy is an only son, his parents have to sign permission for him to join a combat unit. Is that in the Torah?

Eki, I don't think this little Bible was used as an amulet.
It's more like to follow the commandment to study and to speak words of Torah all the time, "when you sit in your house and when you walk by the wayside."

VP said...

I can barely read normal letters now...