Paul F. Bradshaw



Emeritus Faculty


Liturgical Studies


B.A., 1966, and M.A., 1970, Cambridge University

Ph.D., 1971, London University

D.D., 1994, Oxford University

D.D. honoris causa, 2005, General Theological Seminary, New York)


Research and Teaching Interests

Bradshaw is a specialist in the early history of Christian liturgy and has taught at the University of Notre Dame since 1985. He has written or edited over twenty books and has contributed more than one hundred articles or essays. For eighteen years he was chief editor of the international journal, Studia Liturgica, and he is also a former President both of Societas Liturgica and of the North American Academy of Liturgy. His book, The Search for the Origins of Christian Liturgy, has become a standard textbook. It has gone through two editions (New York: Oxford University Press 1992, 2002), and has been translated into French, Italian, and Japanese, with Polish and Russian translations forthcoming.

Recent Publications


Reconstructing Early Christian Worship, London: SPCK 2009/Collegeville: The Liturgical Press 2010

Paul Bradshaw & Maxwell E. Johnson, The Origins of Feasts, Fasts and Seasons in Early Christianity, Alcuin Club Collections 86, London: SPCK/Collegeville: The Liturgical Press 2011.


Paul Bradshaw & Peter Moger, Reihai ha Subeteno Jinsei wo Kaeteyuku, Tokyo: Seikokai Shuppansha 2012.


Book Chapters:

‘The Status of Jesus in Early Christian Prayer Texts’ in Susan E. Myers (ed.), Portraits of Jesus: Studies in Christology, Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Reihe 321 (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2012), pp. 249-260.

‘Liturgical Development: From Common Prayer to Uncommon Worship’ in Stephen Platten & Christopher Woods (eds), Comfortable Words: Politics and Piety and the Book of Common Prayer (London: SCM Press 2012), pp. 121-131.

‘The Relationship between Historical Research and Modern Liturgical Practice’ in David A. Pitt, Stefanos Alexopoulos, & Christian McConnell (eds), A Living Tradition: On the Intersection of  Liturgical History and Pastoral Practice; Essays in Honor of Maxwell E. Johnson (Collegeville: Liturgical Press 2012), pp. 3-18.



‘Women and Baptism in the Didascalia Apostolorum’, Journal of Early Christian Studies 20 (2012), pp. 641-645.


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