By one definition of the word "witch," he was definitely ... a witch.
The common people respected his wisdom. They came to him with their questions.
He used magick to heal them.
There were 13 people in his main group, the group he traveled with.
He had his own special ideas about religion, and the nature of deity. Instead of tolerating him and his ideas, the "religious leaders" persecuted him, and eventually trumped up some charges so that they could arrest him, try him, and execute him. In fact, the religious leaders worked hand in hand with the governmental authorities.
And he wasn't just executed. They made him suffer first.
His name was ...