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world's oldest profession

The World's second oldest profession

The English idiom the World's second oldest profession is used to refer to a number of professions. One frequent use of the phrase is to refer to spies and spying. An explanation of this phrase is that it must be the second oldest profession because it is mentioned in the Christian bible.
"Joshua son of Nun sent two spies out from Shittim secretly with orders to reconnoitre the country. The two men came to Jericho and went to the house of a prostitute named Rahab..."
Paul Reynolds, a writer with the BBC, noted: "Rahab, of course, was engaged in the oldest profession."

Other writers write about other professions as the world's second oldest profession without stating why they should be considered the second oldest profession.

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