OT Library Commentary (31 Volumes)

Retail: $1,167.00 / Accordance: $699.00

Requires Accordance 10.4 or above.

For even more information, see this article. Also check out a number of reviews here.

The Old Testament Library is one of the most respected commentary series produced in the last 50 years. As with any series that reaches this level of respectability, it is comprehensive in scope while acknowledging that it is not exhaustive. Introductory matters cover historical concerns, cultural issues, the reception of the text, the integrity of the text, and other interpretive issues.

Each commentary provides a verse-by-verse analysis of critical exegetical matters that are then synthesized into a progressively building understanding of the text and interpretation. This includes analysis of problems in history, word meaning, syntactical and grammatical issues, text history, and many other exegetically relevant issues. Nevertheless, despite the breadth of their scope, volumes in the series remain relatively compact in comparison to series who share its aims and scope.

Key Elements

  • Audience: Students, Pastors, and Scholars
  • Perspective: Moderate/Liberal
  • Scripture: Inspired
  • General Acceptance of Higher Critical authorship theories, and the reader should be familiar with these type of textual criticism
  • Knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary, but a willingness to engage concepts from it will be necessary.

This module contains 31 volumes that cover the entire Old Testament. The following volumes are included (and available individually):

* These volumes represent the latest published volume for these books. Earlier published volumes (“classic” volumes) for these particular books are also available.

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Where to Find

OT Library Commentary (31 Volumes) is included with the following packages

Category Code Title Price
Primary CollectionsColl12-EngMaster1017English Master Collection (Accordance 12) (October 2017)29999.00
Primary CollectionsColl12-EngMaster0218English Master Collection (Accordance 12) (February 2018)30899.00
Primary CollectionsColl12-EngMaster0518English Master Collection (Accordance 12) (May 2018)31599.00
Primary CollectionsColl12-EngMaster0818English Master Collection (Accordance 12) (August 2018)33399.00
Primary CollectionsColl12-EngMaster1118English Master Collection (Accordance 12) (November 2018)33999.00
Primary CollectionsColl12-EngMaster0319English Master Collection (Accordance 12) (February 2019)34399.00
Primary CollectionsColl12-EngMaster0519English Master Collection (Accordance 12) (May 2019)35549.00
Primary CollectionsColl13-EngMaster1119English Master Collection (Accordance 13) (November 2019)36999.00
Primary CollectionsColl13-EngMaster0420English Master Collection (Accordance 13) (April 2020)37499.00
Primary CollectionsColl13-EngMaster0720English Master Collection (July 2020)42568
English add-on bundlesOTL NTL Bundle_68OT / NT Library Everything Bundle: 55 Commentary Volumes / 13 Companion Volumes1726.00
Add-on BundlesOTL NTL Commentary_46OT / NT Library Commentary Set (46 Volumes)999.00


  1. Juho Unix Mikael Stromsürd Cyklist

    Full review at (the Accordance Bible Software Forums) citing from two commentaries on Hosea: https://forums.accordancebible.com/topic/36758-my-review-of-the-set-ot-library-31-volumes-tried-posting-this-as-review-on-the-product-page-but-its-too-long/
    It is highly advisable to start Your journey into the Old Testament with the combination of all of the three sets: OTL, THOTC and ZECOT. So, specifically those three sets. They don’t cover volumes on the Old Testament Apocrypha/Deuterocanonicals. The effort to read through these three different sets, is approximately the same, if comparing same amounts in each.
    I would give five stars to the OTL 31 volumes set, if it were not for that it doesn’t work well enough without reading some other commentaries in parallel with it, namely those sets that I recommend specifically. The content in the OTL 31 volumes set is excellent and parts of the set is also the very most recent or best commentary on the Old Testament.
    I read in the 1 Samuel and Hosea commentaries, in five different series, for this review.
    Hosea. James L. Mays (1969) pays more attention to form criticism and is decently up-to-date on criticism, though it doesn’t bring up all of what the most recent commentaries do.
    Despite that the other commentary sets that I recommend to read in parallel with OTL, are partially newer, OTL 31 volumes doesn’t now in 2024 come off as out-of-date. Besides, even though many of the volumes in it are several Decades old, there aren’t much newer really great commentaries out there for ALL of the books of the Old Testament, especially that are already under Accordance. So, yeah, the two commentary sets I recommend reading in parallel with it, are: Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary (THOTC) and Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament (ZECOT). Reading the three sets together, one gets an adequately close read which makes, or making, a wealth of observations. The different sets observe different things.

    I read the three complementing final chapters in THOTC Hosea by Bo H. Lim and Daniel Castelo (2015) for this review (2021), which have various themes. THOTC is about how to read books of Scripture.
    THOTC Hosea Chapter 12, titled Marriage, Sexuality, and Covenant Faithfulness, by Daniel Castelo; which beginns: “If a person knows anything at all about Hosea, usually it has to do with his marriage and the underlying themes of steadfast love and faithfulness, themes that typically are associated with chapters 1–3, but which occur in other parts of Hosea as well.” And that is the most wortwhile part of said commentary volume.

    ZECOT is the most recent commentary set, and yeah it’s not complete yet. There’s a volume forthcoming in which is much needed for the setup I recommend of the three sets OTL/THOTC/ZECOT, (and there isn’t any volume on Exodus in the THOTC set):
    forthcoming 2024: Davis, Katherine: Exodus.
    THOTC isn’t complete, either, and I don’t know of any commentary volumes in THOTC that would be forthcoming (probably aren’t any under the works).

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