Is there Java library like Spring JDBC Template, with same quality of code and documentation and similar data access exceptions hierarchy, but without dependancies on other Spring modules (core/beans/context modules according to http://mvnrepository.com/artifact/org.springframework/spring-jdbc/3.0.6.RELEASE)?
Spring-jdbc has direct dependency to the following libraries:
spring-tx. The rest of the dependencies are optional, so you don't need them actually.
If these dependencies are already a lot for you, then you might have a look at Apache DbUtils.