Verse Gn11-03 discussing the building of the Tower of Babel, states,
And they said one to another: 'Come, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly.' And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar.
They used bricks to build the tower, because stones the traditional
building material were not found in the Babelonia valley.
Here Rashi uses real world phenomena to explain a Biblical verse, similar,
for example, to using archaelogical data to explain Biblical verses. The use of
real-world non-verse material to explain a verse justifies classifying this
Rashi as a non-verse method.
But why does the Bible tell us this? Presumably it magnifies their sin.
They didn't just use stones lying around to build a tower, they had to
go through a laborious process of brick production to build the tower.
In other words their activities were truly premeditated. A person who has
to work alot to sin is obviously worse than a person who just sins off the