It is helpful to get a sense of the culture as brought out by various writings and archeological findings. In the story of Sodom and Gom.,they offer the miricle in a way that makes me feel that God had prepared ahead-from creation; or that God used what was already at hand in His creation; or it -possibly- the rain of brimstone would have been God's choice anywhere. God is great-this book increases my awe.
I would recommend these books for any one interested in gaining a deeper knowledge of the historical, social and religious background associated with Biblical times. The format is beautiful and easy to read.