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Why does the Bible refer to Elizabeth as Mary’s "cousin" but not use that term when referring to Jesus’ brothers?

Question:

In Luke 1:36, Elizabeth is called Mary&#039;s cousin, yet the New Testament fails to distinguish Jesus&#039; brethren as such. Why would the Bible call Elizabeth a cousin and mean a literal cousin, yet the Catholic position holds that when the Bible calls someone a sibling of Jesus, they really mean cousin?

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