To the impious Greek, martyr meant witness, just a man who proclaimed guilt or innocence before a judge. A Christian martyr was different. He proclaimed to everyone. He proclaimed that Jesus, a Jew who had died three hundred before in the province of Palestine, was the son of God, that highest divinity, the only divinity man should worship, and, unlike the common martyr, never wavered in testimony, despite threats or torture. Such witness convinced many to follow God.