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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature
a-word signifying father, and used by the ancient Persian magi to denote fire, which they considered the father and first principle of all things, as taught by Zoroaster (q.v.).
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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Bab'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/b/bab.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.