In Jewish legend, Moses encountered Nuriel in the 2nd heaven, when he issues from the side of Chesed (Mercy), Nuriel manifests in the form of an eagle, an eagle that, when issuing from the side of Geburah (Strength), is Uriel.
According to the Zohar Nuriel governs Virgo. He is 300 parasangs (approx. 5.6 km) tall and has an army of 50 myriads of angels (= 500,000) "all fashioned out of water and fire." The height of Nuriel is exceeded only by the Erelim, by the watchers, by Af and Hemah, and of course by Metatron, who is the tallest hierarch in heaven. Nuriel is also effective as a charm for warding off evil. His name is found engraved on oriental and Hebrew amulets, notably those worn by pregnant women.
Outside of Judaism, in the Syriac Book of Protection, Nuriel is characterized as a "spellbinding power" and is grouped with Michael, Shamsiel, Seraphiel, and other great angels. In gnostic lore, Nuriel is one of seven subordinates to Jehuel, prince of fire.
- Cassels, Walter R. (1902), Supernatural Religion, Chapter 4, Watts & Co., 1902
- Legends of the Jews, vol. II, section "The Ascension of Moses", by Louis Ginzberg
- The Zohar, Beresheet A: 17
- Davidson, Gustav (1967), A Dictionary of Angels, Including The Fallen Angels, Entry: Nuriel, Free Press, p. 209, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 66-19757, ISBN 9780029070505
- Ginzberg, Louis (1909), The Legends of The Jews, Chapter 4, at sacred-texts.com
- A Talisman
- The Book of Protection, Codex C, Section 3: "Binding the Tongue of the Ruler"